Scribble #10: Hand in My Pocket

“I’m sane, but I’m overwhelmed.”

I don’t like to dwell on the past, but this week has been one full of reflection for me. I’ve finally turned in the last of my final papers and taken the last of my exams for this rollercoaster of a semester, so there’s far less to occupy my brain than usual. Even though these past few months have had their fair share of good times and bad, I look back on my third semester of college and feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and gratitude.

“I’m lost, but I’m hopeful, baby.”

When I was rejected from what I thought was my dream school two years and one day ago, I didn’t know what my future was going to look like. Turns out, like Alanis Morissette says in her song Hand in My Pocket, “everything is just fine, fine, fine,” – I would argue that it’s even better than fine! That being said, it’s been stranger than I could have ever imagined. With the pandemic severely disrupting the end of my senior year of high school and transition into college, far more happened than I could have ever anticipated. However, even during the pandemic, I have never once regretted my choice to attend the University of Michigan, and that rejection letter that I got a little over two years ago turned out to be one of the best letters I have ever received in my life.

“And what it all comes down to”

I’m learning like I never have before, I’m meeting all kinds of fantastic new people, I’m figuring out who I am at a pace unlike any I’ve ever experienced, and I’m making friends for life. Michigan students aren’t lying when we chant “It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine!” at the top of our lungs every chance we get. Although it’s been a stressful semester full of highs and lows, the good parts overshadow the bad.

“Is that everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine.”

I am so overjoyed to have the privilege of attending the University of Michigan, and I am fortunate to be having such a life-changing experience here. While I’m looking forward to a much-needed break, I am looking forward to getting back to school in Ann Arbor even more.

Listen to Hand in My Pocket here:

Sydney Braun

Artist, Musician, Writer, Human. University of Michigan Class of 2024. Pronouns: she/her. Huge fan of 90s music, not a fan of single-use plastic water bottles. Be sure to check out Song Scribbles With Sydney, where I use my favorite music to help analyze emotions, posted every Wednesday!

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